Torsten Thiele is an expert in ocean governance and finance. He is the founder of Global Ocean Trust; Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam; a visiting fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs; a senior advisor to the IUCN Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Ocean-Climate Platform. After over 20 years’ experience in project and infrastructure finance with leading financial institutions, Torsten returned to academia in 2013 and has since focused on ocean conservation finance solutions. Recent publications addressed blue infrastructure and nature-based solutions, innovative high seas finance, blue bonds, deep sea governance and ocean climate finance.
Torsten Thiele holds graduate degrees in law and economics from Bonn University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge.